MFAN Community Pushes Back on Trump Administration’s Deep Proposed Cuts to Foreign Assistance


This week the Trump Administration submitted its FY2018 “skinny budget” request to Congress.  The proposal asks for $37.6 billion for International Affairs, a 31% reduction in funding for the State Department and USAID compared to the FY17 Continuing Resolution. MFAN has come out strongly opposing this deep and disproportionate cut.  The MFAN Co-Chairs released a … Continue reading MFAN Community Pushes Back on Trump Administration’s Deep Proposed Cuts to Foreign Assistance

MFAN Partners Break New Ground in Measuring Aid Impact


One theme received more attention than anticipated during newly-confirmed Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s recent confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee – the effectiveness of foreign aid.  Over a dozen Senators questioned Tillerson on issues including transparency and accountability as well as specific initiatives like PEPFAR, Feed the Future, and Power Africa. In … Continue reading MFAN Partners Break New Ground in Measuring Aid Impact

U.S. aid transparency: Looking back but pressing forward


Over the past decade aid transparency has moved from being a little-known concept to the norm. The value of making timely and accurate aid data publicly available is now widely accepted as essential to good decision-making. Good data is the foundation of rigorous monitoring and real-time feedback, and is at the heart of transparency and … Continue reading U.S. aid transparency: Looking back but pressing forward

MFAN Network Celebrates Final Passage of the Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act


This week the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed the bipartisan Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act (H.R. 3766). The bill was also unanimously approved by the Senate last week and is now headed to President Obama to be signed into law.  This legislation, sponsored by Representatives Ted Poe (R-TX) and Gerry Connolly (D-VA) and … Continue reading MFAN Network Celebrates Final Passage of the Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act

MFAN Community Shows Support for Senate Passage of the Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act


This week the U.S. Senate unanimously passed the House version of the bipartisan Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act (H.R. 3766). This legislation, sponsored by Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Representatives Ted Poe (R-TX) and Gerry Connolly (D-VA), would codify important reforms to ensure that U.S. agencies involved in foreign assistance … Continue reading MFAN Community Shows Support for Senate Passage of the Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act

Event – ACCOUNTdown to 2017: Strengthening a Bipartisan Legacy of Aid Effectiveness


Please join the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) for a discussion on how Congress and the Administration can advance aid effectiveness Wednesday, March 23, 2016 10:00 – 11:30 am Russell Senate Office Building – Room 485 Introductory Remarks by: The Honorable Jim Kolbe Former Congressman from Arizona, Senior Transatlantic Fellow, The German Marshall Fund & … Continue reading Event – ACCOUNTdown to 2017: Strengthening a Bipartisan Legacy of Aid Effectiveness

Why Taxes Matter in Africa


Sometime in the next month or so, I’m going to sit down at my dining room table, open up a file folder stuffed with paper, and double-click on TurboTax. Then, like most Americans, I’m going to fill out forms that connect me to my government – forms that create a connection stronger, perhaps, than a … Continue reading Why Taxes Matter in Africa

MCC: Taking Stock and Moving Forward


First, a confession: when President Bush first proposed the creation of a Millennium Challenge Account in 2002, I thought it was a secret plot to undermine USAID.  When I first met staff of the newly-created Millennium Challenge Corporation, I saw them as egghead economists who didn’t have a clue about the real world of development.  … Continue reading MCC: Taking Stock and Moving Forward

InterAction’s NGO Aid Map Publishes 11,500+ Projects to IATI — And Counting


Starting today, NGO Aid Map will begin publishing its data to the International Aid Transparency Initiative(IATI). This means the addition of data from more than 100 InterAction member organizations with thousands of projects, spanning almost all countries and sectors. NGO Aid Map data will be published daily so there is little to no delay between the time we get … Continue reading InterAction’s NGO Aid Map Publishes 11,500+ Projects to IATI — And Counting

Revenue transparency complements aid transparency


Improving foreign aid accountability, especially through transparency, monitoring and evaluation, has been the hallmark of The Lugar Center’s (TLC) work in Foreign Aid Effectiveness and in partnership with the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN). Knowing–and publicizing–just how much assistance is going where, and gaining honest measurements of its impact are vital to making foreign aid … Continue reading Revenue transparency complements aid transparency